Oanh Ngo Usadi

Oanh Ngo Usadi was born in Saì Gòn but grew up in an orchard in the Mekong Delta, where her family was exiled after the war. When she was eleven, the family escaped Việt Nam as part of the mass exodus of boat refugees. In 1984, they settled in a small Texas town where her father, the eternal entrepreneur, opened a bánh mì sandwich shop. After working in consulting and having her own personal chef business, Oanh turned to writing. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, and elsewhere.

Her memoir features more stories from her adventures between Saigon and Texas and can be found in various online bookstores: https://books2read.com/monkeybridges. It was a Publisher’s Weekly Booklife prize finalist and #1 memoir in 2018, a featured memoir in the Morristown Festival of Books in 2019.

She has been featured in several podcasts including Voice of America, the Bookmonger, and Morphmom.

You can follow Oanh on Facebook, Twitter and the O&O Press website, OandOPress.com.

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Sandwiches & Neighbors

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Oanh Ngo Usadi and her family arrive in Texas from Vietnam with high hopes and an American Dream.

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